I've been lurking on this forum for over a year, but I am finally serious about buying a bike. I am 43 years old, 6'1" tall, and weighed 299 the last time I stepped on a scale (about two weeks ago). I've been on vacation for the last few days and I've been enjoying some great food, so I'm probably a little north of 300 lbs. right now.
I haven't been on a bike since I was about 14 years old, but my fiancée just bought a new bike and I'm looking forward to having an activity that we can do together and that will help me drop some weight & live a healthier lifestyle.
Of course, this wouldn't be a proper newbie/intro thread if I didn't ask for some input on a bike. I visited three LBS this past week and I really enjoyed talking with one of the guys at Cycles de Oro here in Greensboro, NC. They are a Giant and Specialized dealer and I just happen to be leaning toward the Giant Escape series of bikes. Does anyone have any opinions on the pros and cons of an Escape 2 or 3 for a Clyde my size? We have a lot of paved bike paths here in my area, and my research seems to point to the Escape series as a nice choice for a beginner that will be sticking to pavement (at least to begin with). I'm also open to any other bike suggestions you guys and gals may have.